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Crochet continues to evolve in unique ways, and one style of crochet that has become more and more popular in recent months is hand crochet – that is, crochet that only utilizes your fingers, no needle required. What’s the point? It allows you to use bigger, thicker, chunkier yarn but takes less time than using a crochet hook. Most of the time, people use this type of crochet to make afghans, blankets, and throws.
Want to try your hand at making one of these cozy, comfy projects?
Flax And Twine have a spiffy PDF pattern and video tutorial available for a small fee, or you can purchase the entire kit (which comes with everything you’ll need for the project, including the yarn). The result is a 36″ by 42″ chunky blanket that is sure to make you the envy of all your friends. Imagine tucking yourself in for a cozy night at home with some wine, snacks, and this luxurious blanket.
If you’re a little unsure about how crochet works with just your hands, you can find a free hand crochet tutorial and blanket pattern at Simply Maggie. The finished blanket measures 53″ by 46″ and includes tassels on each corner for a comfy chic look. DIY Everywhere also notes that once you’ve got the gist of the hand crochet technique, you can try out Simply Maggie’s free video tutorial for a blanket using the basket weave stitch for an even more impressive end result.
Whichever pattern or video tutorial you choose, hand crochet is a fun skill to learn and creates beautiful results. You can use the technique to develop more projects, like rugs, baskets, and cushion covers.
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If you, like me, get too excited when dinner looks ready, you might also have a little collection of blisters and scars from grabbing the too-hot handle of a pot, pan or skillet. However, there is a simple solution: these adorable little crocheted pan handle holders!
This is a great project for “stash-busting” when you need to use up yarn leftovers, and they can be made in any color of any yarn size or texture, though of course you’ll probably want to use something more durable and less flimsy, or pair the flimsy with something stronger. Cotton is always a safe choice. You could make these with lines and stripes, variegated yarns, or with complimentary colors to match your potholders.
Rene’ Catron’s free panhandle crochet pattern calls for cotton yarn and a 4.25mm crochet hook, along with knowledge of the following stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), and decrease (sc2tog). There’s a small size and a large size for you to use, as well, along with some excellent photos. This pattern has a nice edging to the handle holder, which provides a thicker shield between the hot handle and your fingers.
She’s Crafty Crochet also has a free crochet pattern for cast iron handle covers, which uses worsted-weight cotton yarn and a 4mm crochet hook, along with these stitches: chain (ch) and single crochet (sc). If you use Lily Sugar ‘N Cream cotton yarn, it comes in an array of beautiful colors, and it’s thick enough to protect your fingers from further burns.
The Firefly Hook also has a great free pattern for pot handle cozies, which can be adjusted to fit any size handle. The pattern suggests using a yarn like Wool & The Gang’s Shiny Happy Cotton, along with a 5.5mm crochet hook and all of the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc). This pattern is unique because it doubles up on the yarn to provide even more space between heated handles and fingers.
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If you’ve ever had to rush to get ready, you know how easy it is to drop things, miss items, and generally create a big mess that will have to be cleaned up when you get home. How about making things easy on yourself and utilizing one of these bathroom organizers? With several sizes to choose from, you’re sure to find one that works for you, whether you want one for all your makeup brushes, or your lotions and shampoos, or your soap, washcloths and razors.
So where do you begin? How about a bathroom door organizer? It uses a hanger to attach to the door, and it’s the perfect size for mid-range items like a scrub brush, shampoo bottle, facial cleanser, sponge, and washcloths. You can find the link through Thrifty DIY Diva, Annie’s Catalog or the Crochet World magazine. You can also download the pattern for a small fee.
Or, if you find you have more difficulty keeping track of all the body wash, shampoos, conditioners, scrubs, and soaps in the shower, you could try the shower organizer from Patrones Asgaya, which has a handy chart to illustrate the pattern. Please note, the pattern is in Spanish so Google Translate or Babblefish might come in handy.
If you’re always rushing to find your keys, phone, and chapstick, you might want to try the doorknob organizer from Debra Arch. It was originally published in Crochet World but is available for a minimal fee through Annie’s Catalog and Ravelry. You’ll need an “F” size hook and nylon cord for the project, along with a tapestry needle, a metal carabiner, a one-inch metal key ring, and a three-inch metal ring for the handle.
There’s also a free bathroom organizer crochet pattern from Lilla Bjorn on Notey that uses knitting needles (metal suggested if you’re storing heavier items) to hold up the pockets instead of letting them droop. It’s a cute, unique look for those who love everything fibre arts. If you want to try this pattern, you’ll need yarn (suggested: Bloom yarn by Sheepjes), a 4mm crochet hook, three curtain rings, two knitting needles, scissors, and a tapestry needle to complete it.
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Coasters remain one of the most popular beginner projects for crochet, along with scarves and potholders. What is it about these little circles that keep us coming back for more?
For one thing, they’re small and don’t take up as much yarn as potholders and scarves, which means they’re cheaper to make. Less yarn, less money, less time spent on one project, which also means you’ll feel great about completing something so quickly. They’re also practical, like the potholders, but have slightly more potential to be customized, making them fun for both pattern followers and those who like to just jump in and figure things out as they go.
With this being the case, it’s easy to see why people keep making these by the stack. They’re affordable, simple, and useful, making great gifts for friends and family or just to keep up with all the beverages being downed at movie nights, dinners, and holiday parties.
If you’re itching to create your own set of crochet coasters, we’ve got two free crochet patterns you’ll want to take a look at – one is a softer, pretty shape for those who love all things boho and vintage, while the other is a modern, fun spin that looks great paired with bold colors and shapes.
The first one is Lulu Loves’ spring-inspired flower petal coasters. They look best in a gradient so if you’ve got some complimentary yarn colors, definitely use more than one. You could also do various shades of neutral for a light, lacy look. Please note that the pattern uses UK terms. You’ll need DK cotton yarn and a 4mm crochet hook, along with the ability to make the following stitches: Magic Ring, treble crochet (tr), slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), and double crochet (dc). The result is a fancy and fresh springtime coaster for tea parties, picnics, and more.
If you’d like to try the free Roller Coasters crochet pattern from HaakMaarraakk, you’ll need cotton yarn (the pattern suggests using Phildar Coton 3, in multi-color, “Elephant” and “Pacifique”), a 4.5mm crochet hook, a tapestry needle, and knowledge of the following stitches: Magic Ring, slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), and double crochet (dc). This pattern integrates a wide array of colors so personalization is quite simple. If you’re making these for someone who has a favorite Hogwarts House, Hufflepuff for example, you can use yellow and black instead of the colors shown. You could also make a set for every season using corresponding colors. The result is a bright, bold, fun coaster for birthdays, brunches, and more.
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Tired of gingerly stepping out of the shower and hoping that you don’t slip and fall? You need a bath mat – one that not only will keep you from falling, but one that’s soft to the touch and spruces up the bathroom a bit. We’ve got just the thing – Stoneface Creation’s Pretty Puff Bathmat free crochet pattern.
This was originally another one of those pictures you find in Pinterest that lead to link after link with no pattern, but luckily, Stoneface Creation was up to the task and has provided us with an easy-to-read pattern with pictures and additional help.
The combination of simple, basic stitches and the puff stitch ensures that this mat will stay chic and comfy through all four seasons, able to soak up leftover droplets and give your feet a safe space to rest on while providing you with a little upscale fibre fashion.
You’ll need about 12 skeins of yarn (unless you’re using a thicker yarn, in which case, you will only need 6 skeins – the pattern calls for Ice Yarn in a neutral color) and a “J” size hook, and you’ll need to know the following stitches: single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc) and the puff stitch (there is a link to a puff stitch tutorial in the pattern in case you have not yet mastered it). The finished mat will measure 24″ x 36″ inches.
The mat is crocheted from side to side, with the half double crochet stitch being used to finish up the sides so there are no raw edges. There are 63 rows of crochet before that, so this is a project you’ll want to dedicate a weekend or two for, although if you’ve got a television show you’ve been meaning to binge-watch, it will seem to go by pretty quickly!
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I don’t know about you, but I could always use a little more help with organization, especially if it came in the form of these incredibly nifty, space-saving little hanging baskets! If you crochet them using a strong cotton, they’ll not only be durable, but washable as well!
Wooly Wonders Crochet has an excellent YouTube tutorial for the Very Easy Hanging Basket using an 8mm crochet hook. It’s worked in the round from the bottom up, all in one piece. Simple, and sufficient to store a wide range of items from the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.
The Crochet Diaries (Summer Brodbeck) has a free hanging basket pattern available on Ravelry, using a worsted weight yarn and a 6mm crochet hook. There’s also a formula to use if you want to make bigger or smaller baskets for a matched set of storage containers.
Soul Made’s free hanging basket crochet pattern uses one skein of yarn and a 6mm crochet hook, as well as some ideas about what size yarn and hook to use to make them sturdier or slouchier, depending on your taste and the items you want to store. (The ribbon yarn used in this pattern can be purchased from Soul Made)
Dweller In A Little Hollow’s pattern for the Infamous Hanging Basket is the English version of a Norwegian pattern that circulated on Pinterest for months with little to no luck finding a comparable pattern written in English. It’s also available in Spanish. You can use whatever yarn and crochet hook size you like, provided the gauge is tight enough for what you’re wanting to store.
All of these baskets would make lovely little additions to your organizational arsenal, or as a great moving in present for a friend. Whatever their use, they’re quick to whip up and place around the house to ensure the mess disappears!
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Who doesn’t love a cardigan? They’re easy to wear, go with everything, and provide warmth and comfort year-round, whether you’re walking through the forest enjoying the fall foliage or sitting in the office air conditioner in the summer wishing someone understood what room temperature meant.
Luckily, if you’ve got the basic crochet materials, we’ve got plenty of free patterns so you can create the perfect, custom cardigan for yourself, for any occasion, whether it’s curling up on the couch or going out on an excursion. They range from one-size-fits-all to tailored, long-sleeve to sleeveless, but they’re all cozy.
Of course, there are other patterns available for purchase as well, like The Big Chill Cardigan by Simone Francis, which you can find for purchase on Ravelry. But before you purchase a pattern, you might want to consider the following free patterns:
The Peek-A-Boo Button Wrap Cardigan by Miss Neriss, a chic, glamorous cardigan in sizes S-XL, available as a written pattern available in English and Dutch, as well as a video tutorial in English. You’ll need between 10-17 skeins of yarn, as well as a 5mm crochet hook and a button, along with the regular craft tools.
Or, you might want to try your hand at the Wrap Cardigan by African Expressions, a simple casual piece with a helpful chart to ensure the right fit. You’ll need 10-12 skeins of yarn and a 6mm crochet hook to complete this project. (This one is written as a traditional pattern with few pictures so you might want to check as you go to make sure you’ve got it sized right)
The Kram Cardi by KT & The Squid has a more unique approach in pattern writing, as there are several posts so you can go along at your own pace, including a Week 0 which dives into construction, schematics, and sizing. This pattern can also be purchased for a couple of dollars if you prefer an ad-free version.
If you’d like something a little more challenging, we recommend Happy Berry’s Baggy Cardi, which can be sized for both teens and adults. It’s long-sleeve and loose, perfect for going over a button-up. It’s listed as “Intermediate” and you’ll need 650-900 grams of yarn, along with a size 8mm crochet hook. The pattern also uses US terminology.
Domestic Bliss Squared has a free pattern for the Cocoon Cardi, a one-size-fits-all piece that looks glam enough to wear with an elegant little dress and boots. It’s labeled as a beginner project, making this one the easiest of the bunch. It uses 5 skeins of yarn and a size 5mm crochet hook.
If any of these are of interest to you, be sure to check out Miss Neriss, African Expressions, KT & The Squid, Happy Berry, and Domestic Bliss Squared for even more free patterns, as well as Simone Francis’ range of patterns.
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Why are tiny things so cute? I find the smaller the thing, the cuter it is, especially if it has really big eyes or if it’s a piece of food. This crochet pattern manages to combine both into something that’s also useful – a keychain! Yarntistry has created an adorable little ice cream cone to serve as a marker for your keys as well as a reminder that really, you probably need to treat yourself to a little more dessert.
Yarntistry’s YouTube channel has begun a “Tutorial Tuesday” for the express purpose of sharing free, cute patterns for you to follow along at home. You can also gather inspiration from Yarntistry’s other social media accounts (links will be shared below).
To make your own cute cone, you’ll need the following supplies:
- DK yarn (in three colors)
- A 3mm crochet hook
- Yarn/Tapestry Needle
- Blush & brush
- 6mm safety eyes
What I love about Yarntistry’s YouTube tutorial is that it’s easy to follow, with both verbal instructions and written instructions. The video is clean, clear, and interesting, with a focus on the hands (and therefore stitches), while also being colorful and compelling enough to watch on its own. It’s about a half-hour long, with a few pauses indicated so that you are able to keep up with the pace set.
You can also try Happy Berry Crochet’s Ice Cream Cone Tutorial, or to mix it up a bit, combine cute animals and food with Flying Mio’s Kitty Ice Cream Cone Tutorial in pastels like blush pink and mint green.
You’ll be guided through each step in the process, from the stitching to inserting the eyes and stuffing the ice cream shape to applying the blush to make your shy little cone even cuter and then inserting the keychain so it’s ready to go. If you’re a fan of the video, you can sign up to follow the channel and receive updates each time there’s a new tutorial. You can also follow Yarntistry on their website and several social media websites.
There’s all sorts of inspiration (and, if you like, items for purchase) to be found on Yarntistry, all of it sweet and small, from tiny puppies to food to plants, with unique twists such as the use of pom-poms, specialty yarn, and makeup.
If you like, you can find the YouTube tutorial on Yarntistry’s channel, and follow Yarntistry on the following sites: Etsy, Instagram, Facebook, and Yarntistry.com. Be sure to also follow Flying Mio and Happy Berry Crochet on YouTube.
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Can you ever really have too many pot holders? There’s always a new, pretty potholder just asking to be made, and this spring-inspired Pretty Petals Potholder is the perfect way to brighten up as winter begins to disappear. You’ll want to make this in a variety of colors from plum to teal to yellow. You can mix and match or coordinate the colors with your teapot, casserole dish, or pie plate for a super cute look.
This pattern is labeled “Easy” so it’s a perfect intro into a more complicated looking crochet pattern without being too intimidating. Impress your friends and family with your skills by showing off these potholders or presenting them with their own!
To make your own bevy of beautiful flower pot holders, you’ll need an “E” size crochet hook and one skein of your preferred color in a size three fashion crochet thread. There are extra supplies needed if you want to make the potholders even safer to handle, including wool felt, cotton quilt batting, thread to match the felt (or coordinate with it if you’re feeling fancy), and scissors.
This is a pattern where you’ll want to insure that you have the correct gauge, so crochet the first three rounds and then measure it. If it’s around 2 1/2″, you’re good to go. If not, simply move up or down a crochet hook size and try it again to make sure you’re on the right path.
There aren’t many stitches required in this pattern – you’ll only need to know chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), and half double crochet (hdc). These potholders don’t take up much time so you may want to make two or three in succession so that you have a range to choose from next time you’re in the kitchen.
If you’d like to make your own Pretty Petal Potholders, you can find the free crochet pattern at Red Heart. Be sure to check out their other free crochet patterns as well!
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Whenever I think about curtains, the first thing that comes to mind is Scarlett O’Hara’s iconic drape dress from Gone With The Wind. There aren’t many curtains in use today that would suffice in a fashion emergency – except for, of course, crochet curtains, which could be turned into something chic at a moment’s notice. Of course, you probably won’t need them for your own wardrobe, but you might want to dress up your house with some of these clever, creative crochet patterns.
If you want to start with something small that will up the elegance factor in your living room, bedroom, or dining room, you might want to try the Feather Stitch Valance from E-Pattern Central. It was first featured in Easy Living Crochet, and can be purchased and downloaded for a minimal fee. If you’re looking for something vintage-inspired with some cottage charm, then this pattern is for you.
Of course, there are dozens of other patterns to choose from, including the next few free patterns from Guide Patterns. Their collection of nineteen free crochet curtain patterns includes something for every skill level, with a wide variety of options for every decorating style.
There’s a Big, Bold Chevron Curtain pattern for the person who wants a bright, fun curtain with plenty of “white space” but enough coverage to use in the bathroom. It’s also adjustable so if you need a longer or shorter curtain, it’s easy to customize.
Or, if you’d rather try something that’s even more of a throwback, you could try the Hairpin Lace Cafe Curtain pattern, which recalls to mind the 1960’s and 1970’s, especially if you use colors like yellow, white, orange, and brown (It is a little more complicated than beginner or easy patterns so be prepared to put in a little more work).
The Yawaraka Lace Cafe Curtain pattern is also a lovely design, perfect for the breakfast nook or bathroom. There are photos as well as grids and instructions, as this is a delicate, more difficult piece, but the results are stunning. You’ll need to know how to do a magic ring to get started on this one.
If any of these curtains have caught your eye, you can try out the patterns at the following websites: The Feather Stitch Valance pattern can be purchased at E-Patterns Central. The other patterns can be found in the list of 19 Cool Patterns For Crochet Curtains at Guide Patterns.
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